'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Set for Summer 2017

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The Japanese box office has yet to fully recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. Revenue sunk more than 20 percent for the year, although the latest "Harry Potter" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" installments each grossed more than $100 million.

The Disney tentpole will open six years after the last installment in the blockbuster franchise played at the multiplex.

Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales -- set to return Johnny Depp to the Capt. Jack Sparrow role -- finally has a release date: July 7, 2017.

The fifth installment in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was to have been released in summer 2015, but was delayed in order to work on the script.

Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg to direct Pirates 5.

The last Pirates movie, 2011’s On Stranger Tides, grossed $1.04 billion. All told, the franchise has racked up north of $3.7 billion in ticket sales.

So far, Pirates 5 has the July 7-July 9 weekend to itself.